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Smith kicks off Senate campaign

Susan Smith is joined by State Sen. Billy Beasley and James Fields, who is running for lieutenant governor, at Friday’s kickoff.

Susan Smith is joined by State Sen. Billy Beasley and James Fields, who is running for lieutenant governor, at Friday’s kickoff.

A number of major Democratic Party candidates traveled to Atmore on Friday night, for Susan Smith’s official state Senate campaign kickoff.

Smith, an Atmore City Council member, is running as a Democrat for the open seat in District 22. Democrat Marc Keahey had held the seat, but chose not to run for re-election.

Smith will face either Republican candidate Greg Albritton or Harry D’Olive in the general election in November.

On Friday, nearly 100 supporters filled the auditorium at the Atmore Area YMCA, where Smith and other Democratic candidates discussed her campaign.

Among those who spoke were state Sen. Billy Beasley (D-Clayton), state Rep. James Buskey (D-Mobile) and state Rep. Joe Hubbard (D-Montgomery). Hubbard is also the Democratic nominee for state attorney general.

James Fields, who is running for lieutenant governor, also attended Friday’s kickoff.

Smith said she appreciated Friday’s show of support, and vowed that she would be a senator who speaks for the entire community.

“Let’s get out and vote. Let’s make it happen,” she said. “And we’ll come back and have a victory party in Atmore like they’ve never seen.”